Slovenian Teacher Wins the European Safer Internet Competition

Slovenian teacher Nina Jelen won the European Safer Internet Competition, which was held as part of the #SaferInternet4EU campaign. As reported by the Safer Internet Centre, Nina Jelen teaches at Podkum Basic School, which is a branch of the Ivan Skvarč Basic School in the settlement of Zagorje ob Savi.

Together with her students, Nina Jelen developed the Traveling Around the World project based on her book about the adventures of dwarves on the Internet. Nina Jelen turned the classroom into a virtual world where pupils received a digital identity and decided how much information they wanted to spread, taking into account all possible risks. They discussed possible dangers and proper behaviour on the Internet, and also created a book about the destructiveness of Internet addiction. Together with the children, Nina Jelen formulated the golden rules for using the Internet.

It should be noted that the competition was held under the patronage of the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel. The competition of the best practices of Internet security, organized by the European Commission, was attended by young people aged 13 to 19 years, teachers and organizations. In each category, the European Commission chose three finalists, and the winners were determined by Internet users in open voting. The awarding ceremony was held in Brussels on 20 November 2018 during the Safer Internet Forum.

The Centre includes such members as the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana, the Academic and Research Network of Slovenia – Arnes, the Slovenian Association of Youth Friends and the Youth Information and Consultation Centre. It is funded by the INEA Agency at the European Commission and the Ministry of State Administration.